EMERSON – Emily Wells is the kind of hard working soccer player that coaches simply love. The Cresskill junior midfielder runs from sideline to sideline, with non-stop intensity, looking to do whatever it takes to help her team win.
According to Cresskill head coach Brian Haines, Wells made a huge sacrifice before the 2015 season began, showing how unselfish and much of a team player she is.
“This is my first full year as coach and I needed someone to help defend from the midfield,” Haines said. “So I asked Emily to go from center midfielder to defensive mid. She’s done a fantastic job.”
However, Monday in the opening round of the NJSIAA North 1, Group 1 tournament, Wells had to become more offensive minded.
With 13 minutes before halftime, Wells collected a ball outside the penalty area, then decided to take a shot at the goal.
“I’ve been trying that shot all season and I did it off balance,” Wells said. “I just had to get control of the ball and try it with my left foot. I really just kicked it and hoped for the best.”
As it turned out, the shot went in, giving the 10th-seeded Cougars (9-9) a 1-0 victory over seventh-seed Emerson to advance to the sectional quarterfinals against Waldwick Thursday